Moving Major Scale Pattern 62
Scale pattern 62 can be moved to create the other 11 Major scales [12 for 1 = movable to every position → 12 Major scales]. And, as shown in this session, when played in P1, it can have 2 names [F♯/G♭].
We can refer to this scale as the F scale form, since the root F is the lowest this shape can be moved [the scale pattern is a heel/origin]. We also call it 62 [6 string, starting with the 2 finger]. Playing it in P0 (index on the nut) would show us the movable fingering.
+1 = F♯ Major
When we move the pattern up one fret, what were opens are now 1 frets. The scale is now F♯ Major and can be played completely in P1.
It’s the ‘F scale form’ moved up one fret [pattern 62 moving]. We’ll stick with our alpha-tone order (start on lowest key tone – F♯ in this instance – play to highest, then lowest, and back to the starting tone). This scale form can be played in this manner, in every position, and thus every key.
F♯ is the “opposite” of F Major. F♯ Major has 6 sharps (F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯, E♯). In F, the F, C, G, D, A, & E are naturals. In F, the only flat is B♭. In F♯, only the B is natural [though the E♯ is also known as F].
F♯ Major • 3 Tones Per String
Since the lowest tone in this scale, the E♯ is the 7th degree of the scale, this pattern is sometimes referred to as Locrian. See Modes.
+1 = As G♭
The key of F♯ (6 sharps) can also be named as G♭ (6 flats), which is the opposite of G Major. G Major has 1 sharp (F♯). In G♭, F is the only natural [though the C♭ is also known as B].
Both keys [F♯/G♭ – same set of tones], share the same tritone as C Major. There are 6 tritones serving 12 keys. 1 tritone per 2 keys [here, we are counting F♯/G♭ as one key].
Scale Names by Position
When we move this shape to these positions…the key is…
Be as thorough as you deem necessary. I do recommend running the list for both F♯ & G♭ thinking. See where it goes.
Does the key of F♯/G♭ sound different to you, when you call it, or think of it, as F♯, rather than G♭ (or the opposite)? Some say it does.
Also, as a training exercise, play the scale in every position, all the way up and back, in one run. Metronome!
Finally, use major scale pattern 62 to jam in a new or less familiar key. Think, then no thinking…train/jam.